McAllen landlord accused of sexually assaulting tenant

Jorge Oviedo was charged with sexual assault, a third-degree felony. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

Police arrested a McAllen landlord after his tenant accused him of sexual assault, according to a criminal complaint.

An investigation began on Oct. 7, when Maria—a pseudonym assigned to the alleged victim in the criminal complaint—recorded a statement at the McAllen Police Department.

Maria claims her landlord, 42-year-old Jorge Oviado of McAllen, sexually assaulted her on Oct. 4 when he fumigated her apartment.

“Maria stated Jorge had previously told her that he had hired fumigators to fumigate her apartment but on 10/4/17 he arrived at her apartment to fumigate,” according to the criminal complaint.

Upon saying goodbye, Oviado allegedly lunged at Maria, pinned her down and proceeded to sexually assault her.

During an investigation, McAllen police found that Oviado had been “romantically aggressive” with Maria via text messages prior to the alleged assault.

Oviado was charged with sexual assault, a third-degree felony. He was released from the Hidalgo County jail on Sunday and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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